Bold but Wise: Five Steps to Inspired Design

How can we make outstanding, boundary-bursting design decisions while simultaneously resting assured that we aren’t going overboard?

It’s not easy, but keeping the following in mind can safeguard against creating something that will seem prematurely dated in years to come.

Know Thyself

I loved the mint-colored runway looks of spring 2012, but that pastel green wasn’t a longstanding favorite of mine, so it would’ve been a mistake to entirely redo my wardrobe with it. The same goes for interiors. Don’t get talked into a color or aesthetic trend because it’s hot now if you weren’t previously drawn to it.

decoholic                           Via: Decoholic

These violet kitchen accents paired with sharp structural lines are absolutely electrifying, but I assume the choice was a deeply personal one – no one else could tell someone this was the right decision for him or her.

Know the History

Cost, materials and quality are obviously crucial information for big purchases, but digging deeper, knowing a bit about the biography of a furniture piece or textile will ensure better decision-making. Plus, an item that has already stood the test of time is unlikely to look tired in the near future.

pantonVia: Eternamente Flaneur 

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A Rug Roundup: Doris Leslie Blau’s Year in Review!

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As the year is coming to an end, it’s time to reflect on what an exhilarating year it has been.  It is quite the honor to have had Doris Leslie Blau antique, vintage and custom rugs placed in so many impeccably designed rooms by fabulous designers, as well as being featured in many of the top media outlets. Below is all the wonderful press we’ve received in 2012! We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Michael J. Fox Home

Architectural Digest featured Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan’s home designed by Gomez Associates. Doris Leslie Blau’s antique and vintage carpets were placed in their home.

Promenade winter 2012

DLB’s Persian Malayer carpet was featured in the article, “Fine Art for the Floor… Whether Modern or Antique, These Beautiful Rugs Transform a Room.” Our very own Nader Bolour was quoted in the article, “It’s like putting a soul into a body. The eye always goes to the floor when someone enters a room.”

NY Spaces Special issue 2012 inside

DLB’s custom rug was featured in NY Spaces page “Artful Furniture and Home Accessories.”  Doris Leslie Blau’s rug was titled, “Tibetan Beauty.”

Elle Decor Nov 2012

DLB’s Persian Sultanabad rug was featured in Elle Décor’s  Arts and Antiques page, “For the Adventurous Collector.”

Trad Home Fall 2012

Traditional Home featured a dining room designed by Mary Douglas Drysdale; the carpet is a Doris Leslie Blau Aubusson carpet.

AD Oct. 2012

Owner Nader Bolour’s Starburst designed rug was featured in Architectural Digest’s article, “Most Wanted… From Simple Pleasures to Ultimate Luxuries.” To quote the article, “The exuberant black and white design of Nader Bolour’s Starburst rug for DLB evokes the tactile brushstrokes of abstract expressionist paintings.”

Veranda July-Aug 2012

Doris Leslie Blau’s Brown Stripe rug was a featured rug in Veranda’s “The World of…” page discussing flat weaves.

AD Sept. 2012

In Architectural Digest’s article, “A Plum Assignment,” interior designer Jamie Drake’s designed room featured Doris Leslie Blau’s custom designed Lily Rug.

Architectural Digest August 2012

A Doris Leslie Blau Persian Tabriz was used in a Carey Maloney designed room in Architectural Digest, August 2012.

Atlanta Homes June 2012

Atlanta Home featured a Lindsey Coral Harper designed room with our Eskayel Madagascar rug. Lindsey said, “My jumping-off point was the carpet. I wanted to do a rich jewel-toned room, glossy from floor to ceiling. So when I found the inkblot carpet from Doris Leslie Blau, I flipped! It looked like a Rorschach, so I thought that my room could double as an in-home shrink’s office.”

Interior Design Magazine May 2012

Two Doris Leslie Blau custom rugs, the Madagascar and animal skin flat weave, were featured in Interior Design magazine’s article, “Painterly Strokes that are Artfully Placed.”

Metropolitan Home April 2012

In the article “Lighten Up,” Doris Leslie Blau’s cotton Dhurrie carpet was a featured rug. To quote the article, “Forget plush
pile carpets, thin is in. Today’s most desirable carpets are graphic flat weaves.”

Cover Magazine Spring 2012

Our Madagascar Eskayel custom designed rug was a featured rug in Cover Magazines “Rug Revolution” edition.

Elle Decor April 2012

Elle Décor featured DLB in their “Happenings” feature. They shared Doris Leslie Blau’s custom-made collection of hand-knotted jute sisal rugs. The collection was said to“Come in various voluptuous colors with a solid, self-contained cotton border, give delight to the senses.”

In Style March 2012

In Style featured fashion designer Nanette Lepore’s living room designed by Jonathan Adler with a custom Doris Leslie Blau peacock carpet.

Elle Decor March 2012

Elle Décor featured Doris Leslie Blau’s custom Ikat-style rug. “The rug has an overscale motif in hand-loomed hemp.”

W Magazine Jan 2012

W Magazine featured one of our Eskayel designed rugs in the article, “Six Room-Making Rugs.” The rugs were said to be “A series of ethereal, Rorschach-esque statement pieces.”

Thank you for joing us and supporting us on our journey through 2012!

The Versatility of Designing with Oushaks

We were planning to have a 1 day photo shoot to photograph many of the Turkish Oushak rugs in our inventory and I decided it would be more interesting to make the photographs 3 dimensional by adding furniture to the images. So I went around to several of the Antique dealers that are located in our building – the Interior Design Building- and asked to borrow some furniture. The following images are an eclectic mix of periods and styles illustrating the versatility of designing with Oushaks and also the spirit of collaboration. Many thanks to the dealers who graciously loaned the furniture pieces featured.

Demiurge New York Editions Mongolian Chairs and

Bauhaus Cocktail Trio Tables.

 Raymond Han Oil on Canvas “Standing” available through Demiurge New   York.

Shown with Doris Leslie Blau Vintage Turkish Oushak Circa 1940 Item # BB5091 Continue reading